SANCO applauds life sentence for three murderers

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Friday applauded life sentences for three men convicted for the 2018 murders of a 13-year-old girl Gabisile Shabane living with albinism and her 15-month-old nephew, Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

Thokozani Msibi (36) Knowledge Mhlanga (26) and Brilliant Mkhize (28) were sentenced to life imprisonment each for the murders of Shabane and Ngwenya

The trio broke into the teenager’s home in January 2018, abducted her and Ngwenya, but threw him off a bridge on the N4 when they realised that the baby was not living with albinism. Shabane’s corpse-which had missing body parts, was found in a shallow grave in Cullinan. The men were arrested three weeks after the crimes.

The civic organisation said the sentence meted by the Mpumalanga High Court will serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of heinous crimes against people living with albinism.

SANCO National Spokesperson Simon Skhosana said the befitting sentence should send a loud message that there is no place in “our society” for heartless criminals who have no regard for the value of human life.

Skhosana called for united action to protect people living with albinism. “Public safety must translate into safer communities for people with albinism who are the most vulnerable hounded in their homes, on our streets and in their neighbourhood.”

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